Reliever Perez to DL, Storey activated

Reliever Perez to DL, Storey activated

Reliever Perez to DL, Storey activated

TORONTO -- With Juan Perez's injury during Friday night's 14-6 loss to the Athletics, the Blue Jays were forced to make a series of moves before Saturday's game.

Perez was placed on the 60-day disabled list, and the Blue Jays recalled right-hander Mickey Storey to take his place on the 25-man roster. Toronto also returned Drew Hutchinson from his medical rehab assignment, activated him from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo.

According to the team, Perez tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Once the swelling goes down, he'll head to Florida to be examined further. In all likelihood, he'll need to undergo Tommy John surgery and will be out for at least 12 months.

Storey, who will be making his second stint with the club, will directly replace Perez as the club's long man out of the bullpen.

"He can fit that role that we need," manager John Gibbons said. "A guy that can pitch some innings -- two, three, four maybe.

"[He's] kind of the long guy. We can use him in different roles, but hopefully we don't get to that point. If we do, he can throw multiple innings for us."

Storey's first stint with the club wasn't spectacular, allowing three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings for a 7.36 ERA. However, his numbers in Buffalo have been impressive. The right-hander has a 2.79 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings, with a 0.93 WHIP.

Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @EvanPeaslee. Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.